The Hot Zone USA had the pleasure of going to a runway show that raised the bar to a whole other level. Just when you thought New York Fashion Week couldn’t get any hotter, “Bound by the Crown Couture” a.k.a “BBTC” set the runway on fire.
The fashion show was held at Affinia Hotel in New York City and despite it being 3 degrees outside, people lined up in the lobby with full anticipation. The evening started off with a red carpet, where celebrity kids and teens stood to take pictures dressed to the nines including celebrity guests Farrah and Sophia Abraham, stars of MTV’s Teen Mom OG.
The red carpet added an appropriate twist which included a live stream interview session with Tiara Magazine. A model representing Tiara Magazine was dressed like a princess and was interviewing BBTC’s designers Susanna Paliotta and daughter Isabella Barrett along with MTV stars Farrah Abraham and daughter Sophia. Several other children who were excited to see the show were also interviewed.
As the audience filled the seats, paparazzi were stationed while the music blasted. Suddenly the music stopped and the show was about to begin. Instead of a typical runway start, BBTC took the audience by surprise by bringing out three girl models, in their early teens, who walked onto the runway with fierce confidence reciting a skit. In typical girl fashion, they were talking about a boy who their friend had a crush on, but who ended up being a ‘loser’. Instead of moping, the girls left the stage with fierce girl power. As they disappeared backstage, their introduction set the stage for the models to walk the runway.
The entire collection was filled with fierce, bold colors and patterns that made a statement, exuding elegance and sophistication all at the same time. When asked about the inspiration behind their line, designer Susanna Paliotta, who stood next to her proud daughter said: “Comfortable couture was the inspiration which started with my daughter who put her own personal twist on the brand. Kids don’t want to wear it because it’s simply a cute collection, they want to wear the brand because it’s fun. BBTC has become the ‘it’ brand, so for them to want to be a BBTC girl really means a lot.”
I asked Susanna how easy it was to break into the New York Fashion Week scene given that her line catered to children. Her response was “It was not easy, but when I cast my models I’m for the girl that has the ‘it’ factor. It doesn’t matter what size, what skin color, we want all girls to be BBTC girls and what I love the most is to see the expressions on their faces when they are on the runway and to see the expression on their faces when they are on the street… there’s nothing better.”
Farrah and daughter Sophia were also sitting front row and center as they watched the show highly entertained. I enjoyed watching Sophia and Farrah rocking to Willow Smith’s song Fireball ft. Nicki Minaj not missing a single beat or rap lyric. In that moment it seemed like all beef was squashed after Nicki Minaj came for Farrah criticizing the way she ill-treated Sophia’s grandmother on her MTV show Teen Mom OG. Farrah laughed in good fun and simply said “they love every song.”
I also asked Farrah what other ventures she’s embarking on since she’s not just a TV star, but an entrepreneur who has a “Mommy and Me” line with her daughter Sophia as well as her mother Debra Danielsen. She mentioned that they have a children’s store as well as a furniture store opening up in 30 days in Austin Texas. Sophia and Farrah were a delight and took every moment to acknowledge and take pictures with their young fans.
All in all the “Bound by the Crown Couture” fashion show was an absolute treat. Susanna Paliotta and daughter Isabella Barrett’s couture line complimented New York’s Fashion Week in every way leaving every BBTC girl who came to the show smiling from ear to ear. When I asked Susanna if they will be back for NY Fashion week next year, and she confirmed with an absolute YES!
*Bound by the Crown Couture can be found at several locations including: LOL Kids on Front Street in New York City, Zulily.com, boundbythecrown.com and 28 other locations with the US*